America's Middle Class Promise Begins Early
WATCH "What It Takes to Be a Preschool Teacher"
To the untrained eye, the job of a preschool teacher might look a lot like playing with kids. But there's so much more to it. See for yourself on this new video.
Kindergarten teacher Cody Summerville relates on ED's Homepage Blog why he is passionate that access to high-quality pre-K should not be a luxury afforded to some, but an invaluable resource offered to all.
NEW White House Announces New Joint ED-HHS Report on Importance of Supporting Early Learning Workforce
The White House, as part of the United States of Women event, announced a new joint report from the U.S. Departments of Education (ED), and Health and Human Services (HHS) highlighting the importance of supporting the early learning workforce—nearly a totality of whom are women—not only to improve the quality of early learning programs, but also to ensure fair pay so that they can support their own families. The report, High-Quality Early Learning Settings Depend on a High-Quality Workforce—Low Compensation Undermines Quality, summarizes the research base and includes recommendations for reaching pay parity across all early learning settings.
NEW ED-HHS Release Joint Statement on Dual Language Learners in Early Childhood Programs
The White House announced a new joint policy statement supporting early childhood programs and states by providing recommendations promoting the development and learning of young children, birth to age five, who are dual language learners (DLLs). This statement also supports tribal communities' language revitalization efforts within tribal early childhood programs. Also, read ED's Fact Sheet: Supporting Dual Language Learners in Early Learning Settings.
WATCH Webinar Series: Assistive Technology to Support Infants, Toddlers, and Young Children with Disabilities and their Families
Watch our Coffee Break Webinar series that give providers and families tips on effective hearing screening and common examples of assistive technology that help young children with important skills so that they can meaningfully participate in everyday activities. This series was a collaboration between ED's Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) and the HHS Offices of Head Start (OHS) and Child Care in partnership with the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association in celebration of the 2016 May is Better Hearing and Speech Month.
ED-HHS Release Joint Policy Statement on Family Engagement: From the Early Years to the Early Grades
The U.S. Departments of Education (ED) and Health and Human Services (HHS) highlight the importance of family engagement by releasing a joint policy statement on the implementation of effective family engagement practices from the early years to the early grades.
Support for Early Learning in the Fiscal Year 2017 Budget
The President's budget request expands access to high-quality early learning while investing in innovation and evaluation to promote the implementation of evidence-based practices for our youngest learners and improve educational outcomes in the early grades. The budget:
Supports voluntary, universal preschool.
The mandatory Preschool for All initiative would invest $75 billion over 10 years in a federal-state partnership aimed at providing all 4-year-olds from low- and moderate-income families with access to high-quality preschool, while encouraging states to expand those programs to reach additional children from middle-class families and establish full-day kindergarten policies.
Builds on the success of the Preschool Development Grants program to help jumpstart Preschool for All.
Consistent with the requirements of the Every Student Succeeds Act, the budget provides $350 million for Preschool Development Grants in the Department of Health and Human Services request to support the fourth and final year of funding for the 18 current grantees as well as new activities intended to better coordinate and expand early learning services for children and families.
Supports special education services to children ages 3 through 5.
The request provides an increase of $35 million over the fiscal year 2016 level for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Part B, Section 619 Preschool Grants, as well as additional flexibility for schools and districts to provide coordinated early intervention services for preschool-age children.
Provides additional funds for early intervention services for infants and toddlers.
The request for IDEA Part C Grants for Infants and Families is an increase of $45 million over the 2016 level and would allow the Department to reserve $15 million to make new competitive grants to public-private partnerships to support community-based model demonstration projects that increase screening and delivery of evidence-based services.
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